OpenSolaris 2008.11 on Amazon EC2 Released

AMI ID: ami-7db75014
AMI Manifest: sun-osol-2008-11/2008.11_32_1.0.img.manifest.xml
License: Public


Sun Microsystems Inc. is pleased to announce the release of OpenSolaris 2008.11 on Amazon EC2's cloud computing service. This 32-bit AMI gives you the power and security of OpenSolaris combined with the flexibility of Amazon's cloud computing service, and is optimised for for EC2's cloud computing environment.

This image contains Image Packaging System (IPS),ZFS, DTrace and more. For details, please visit

The Image Packaging System, IPS, has continued to evolve since its first appearance in OpenSolaris 2008.05. IPS now supports improved search, mirroring of network repositories, and the addition of the first phase of a client API. Developers can download additional software from the repository. The root file system is ZFS in this AMI and includes the pre-installed packages and tools necessary to get started with using OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2. You can obtain more details about the OpenSolaris project at

Also, just like in our previous AMIs, the "pkg image-update" command updates the kernel and ramdisk which is not allowed in EC2. Therefore, in order to prevent your instances from becoming non-compatible with the Amazon EC2 environment, we have disabled this command. More details including re-bundling instructions can be found in the Getting Started Guide.

The "Getting Started Guide" has been updated with instructions on Re-bundling OpenSolaris 2008.11 based 32-bit AMI on Amazon EC2. The re-bundling process has been automated with the addition of script located at /opt/ec2/sbin reducing the time and complexity involved in creating new images over this base image.

There is a lot of work in progress in developing pre-packaged software stacks, like  the AMP stack and Ruby on Rails framework, targeting specific developer's needs.  Keep checking the "Open Solaris on EC2" web-page for availability of these AMIs.


For technical support during Beta period, please contact ec2­-solaris­-support[AT]SUN[DOT]COM.

Please check OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2 blog for latest updates and new information about OpenSolaris AMIs.

The "OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2 Getting Started Guide" is located at:

Register for OpenSolaris AMIs here.


Why make people still jump through the registering hoop?

You don't have to register for Windows. You just use it, because ease of use is the whole point of a cloud.

You don't have to register for Linux. You just use it.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on January 13, 2009 at 03:33 PM PST #

Hi Mikael - We will soon be doing away with the registration requirement. If you have already registered, this is only one time registration and you will be granted access automatically to all the OpenSolaris AMIs we release. If there is anything we can help with, please feel free to contact us. Thanks

Posted by Rajesh Ramchandani on January 14, 2009 at 09:01 AM PST #

I've been using the StorageTek Availability Suite (AVS) in 2008.05 (included in ami-41e70328) to experiment with remote disk syncing. It does not seem to be a part of this new 2008.11 AMI (ami-7db75014).
Am I missing something, or has it been excluded for some reason?

Posted by David Lemstra on January 16, 2009 at 04:46 AM PST #

This image contains Image Packaging System (IPS), Time Slider, GNOME 2.24, FireFox 3, and more.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>What ?????? gnome & firefox ??

People dont use ec2 to run their desktop , they use it to run servers take a cue from ubuntu server which is just under 400 mb (no xserver) .....i will never run a server with Xserver, gnome on it .........i am will be using ubuntu server ami

Posted by gp on January 17, 2009 at 03:22 AM PST #

Hi David,

AVS was excluded from the 2008.11 base Live CD
due to space constraints. The good news is that
the AVS packages can be easily downloaded using
IPS one at a time and in install order:

SUNWscm -
SUNWspsv -
SUNWrdc -
SUNWii -

Once AVS is installed, the command 'dscfgadm' starts the AVS services...

Posted by Sujeet Vasudevan on January 20, 2009 at 03:28 AM PST #

David - we tried installing AVS just as you suggested, but when we ran dscfgadm we found it wouldn't start due to a problem with the /dev/ncall device. The /dev/ncall entry existed in the /dev directory, but the /devices entry it pointed to (/devices/pseudo/ncall@0:c,ncall) did not exist. The driver was in the /usr/kernel/drv directory along with the ncall.conf file, but the kernel never loaded the driver. I tried doing it manually (using update_drv), but the driver failed to attach. The /dev/nsctl driver appeared to be in similar shape. Any idea on what could have caused it and how we can correct this issue?

Posted by Edvard Lauman on January 20, 2009 at 08:59 AM PST #

Why are comments closed on the AMI catalog entry ( )? You continue to update the entry, but the community is unable to comment on your updates. My particular question is regarding the announcement that this AMI is now public (no registration required). How come I can't see the AMI when I run "ec2-describe-images | grep 7db75014"? I am able to run the instance, given that I know the AMI. However, I think it would be beneficial if the public OpenSolaris AMI were discoverable as well.

Posted by Brian Leonard on February 09, 2009 at 12:17 AM PST #

Brian - Thanks for bringing up the comments posting issue. We've changed the settings so we can receive comments on that blog entry. Some one will get back to you asap to help with OpenSolaris AMI issue with describe-image.

Posted by Rajesh Ramchandani on February 09, 2009 at 01:41 AM PST #

Don't you think it's bit silly that this ami is categorized under 'other linux' instead of 'opensolaris'?

Posted by Ronald on February 11, 2009 at 02:51 AM PST #

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